The signing program of the WMF, Empowerment Through Education (ETE), offers undergraduate scholarships for citizens of developing countries to study in their home country or neighboring country. WMF believes that educating people locally and empowering WMF scholars in their local communities to become agents of change is critical.
Application Deadline: March 1, 2020
About Wells Mountain Foundation – WMF 2020
Wells Mountain Initiative (WMI), launched in 2005 with support from Kopeyia, Ghana, of a single scholar. We increasing our sponsorship to eight students from Ghana and Senegal in our first full year of service in 2006. Today, with 185 scholars currently studying and 161 graduate scholars, WMI supports scholars from over 42 countries.
Tom Wells founded WMI out of his desire to help motivated, bright young people with whom he met in the developing world continue their education. Tom believes, “Education is the most powerful tool ever conceived in the fight against inequality and injustice and is the safest path to hope and prosperity for the greatest number of people.” Tom had met many worthy students in his work with YMCA World Service.
Our initial group of scholars, including our very first scholar, Jordyn Wells, met while studying and working in Ghana, are young people interested in YMCA programs in Senegal and Haiti and youth.
WMI was able to expand our programs and number of supported scholars with the welcome of additional financial support from Tom’s longtime friend and law client, David Bolger, through the Bolger Foundation. We then needed our third founder, Carol Wells, to be involved. The WMI team now consists of eight dedicated people.
Wells Mountain Foundation – WMF 2020
Ideal Candidate – A student, male or female, from a country in the developing world who:
- Successfully completed a secondary education, with good to excellent grades
- Is 35 or under on March 1, 2020
- Will be studying in his or her country or another country in the developing world*
- Is pursuing his or her first bachelor’s degree or diploma
- Will be enrolled in a program of study that will benefit the community and/or contribute to the continued growth and advancement of his or her home country
- Plans to live and work in his or her own country after graduation
- Has demonstrated his or her commitment to giving back and has volunteered prior to applying
- May have some other funds available for his or her education, but will not be able to go to pursue his or her tertiary degree without financial assistance
Wells Mountain Foundation – WMF Program 2020
Applications from qualified applicants will be accepted until March 1, 2020. Before applying, we strongly encourage you to read the WMI Scholar Program Information Sheet and also the Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective Scholars document. These two documents will assist you in determining your eligibility and guide you in the application process.
The following are required elements for an application to be considered complete:
- Clear personal photo
- Essay (topic is stated on application form)
- 2020 application form
- Personal essay statement
- Two recommendation letters*
- Official transcript of grades from secondary school
- Official grading key to interpret secondary school grades**
- Official transcript of grades from tertiary studies (if applicable)
- Official grading key to interpret tertiary grades**
- Official results from your national exam
- Official grading key to interpret scores on your national exam**
*Recommendation letters vary throughout cultures. We have created Guidelines for Effective Application-Recommendation Letters to assist applicants in seeking letters that will be supportive of their application. Read this document and share it with the individuals who will be writing your letters of support.